Right to Life Opposes Pro-Life Democrats in West Virginia Over Abortion-Health Care Vote

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 14, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Right to Life Opposes Pro-Life Democrats in West Virginia Over Abortion-Health Care Vote

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 14
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two Democrats in West Virginia previously regarded as strongly pro-life have drawn opposition from National Right to Life because they voted for the health care bill that contains massive taxpayer funding of abortions. Today, the political arm of the National Right to Life Committee endorses opponents against Allan Mollohan and Nick Rahall.

National Right to Life Political Action Committee endorsed four candidates seeking to replace the two West Virginia Democrats, who occupy the 1st and 3rd congressional districts.

For the May 11 primary election, NRLC backed Republican David McKinley and Democrat Mike Oliverio in the first congressional district and Republican Elliott "Spike" Maynard and Democrat Bruce Barilla in the third congressional district.

"Congressmen Alan Mollohan and Nick Rahall voted for the most abortion-expansive single piece of legislation ever to reach the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives," said NRLC PAC director Karen Cross.

The move is somewhat ironic given Cross’ former status as the executive director of West Virginians for Life, where she maintained a close working relationship with the two pro-life Democrats before they decided to endorse the pro-abortion health care bill in exchange for an executive order falsely purporting to ban taxpayer funding of abortions.

"Instead of standing firmly for life, they voted for the legislation based on a meaningless piece of paper and a promise from a president whose extreme pro-abortion position has been known from the beginning," Cross added.

The NRLC political action committee director complained Rahall and Mollohan voted for the pro-abortion health care bill "although it lacked the pro-life protections that were necessary to prevent future federal funding of elective abortion and federal subsidies for private insurance plans that cover elective abortion (some of which will be administered directly by the federal government)."

In a March 21 statement, National Right to Life noted that the order “was issued for political effect."

"It changes nothing. It does not correct any of the serious pro-abortion provisions in the bill," NRLC says of the executive order.

"It is disappointing that Congressmen Mollohan and Rahall chose to ignore the will of their pro-life constituents in West Virginia and voted for a bill to subsidize health plans that cover abortion," added National Right to Life executive director David O’Steen. "NRL PAC will oppose their re-election and will continue to remind pro-life voters how their congressmen voted on this critical issue as they head to the voting booth."

The West Virginia Democrats are not the first to lose support from National Right to Life.

The pro-life group issued an endorsement of a pro-life former congressman over another pro-life Democrat who vote for the pro-abortion bill. Steve Chabot in a Cincinnati, Ohio congressional district, is getting the backing over incumbent Steve Driehaus.

In Michigan, Right to Life of Michigan withdrew its endorsement of embattled Congressman Bart Stupak, who eventually decided not to run for re-election.

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